Two Puerto Rico Law Enforcement Officers Convicted for Roles in Drug Transaction
Raquel Delgado-Marrero and Ángel Rivera-Claudio were each convicted in San Juan, Puerto Rico of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, attempt to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The two were charged as part of Operation Guard Shack, in which 133 defendants were indicted as the result of 125 undercover drug transactions conducted by the FBI. In one transaction, Delgado-Marrero and Rivera-Claudio provided armed protection to a drug dealer during the sale of seven kilograms of cocaine in exchange for $2,000 each.
Maryland Man Charged in Plot to Attack Armed Forces Recruiting Center
U.S. citizen Antonio Martinez, aka Muhammad Hussain, age 21, of Baltimore, Maryland, was charged with attempting to murder federal officers and employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against federal property in connection with a scheme to attack an Armed Forces recruiting station in Catonsville, Maryland. Martinez was arrested this morning after he attempted to remotely detonate what he believed to be explosives in a vehicle parked in the Armed Forces recruiting station parking lot.
Paint Manufacturing Chemist Sentenced in Illinois for Stealing Trade Secrets
David Yen Lee, a former chemist for the paint manufacturing company Valspar Corp., was sentenced in Chicago, Illinois to 15 months in federal prison for stealing trade secrets from Valspar involving numerous formulas and other proprietary information valued up to $20 million as he prepared to go to work for an overseas competitor.
Texas Deputy Sheriff and Wife Charged in Superseding Indictment
Harris County (Texas) Deputy Sheriff George Wesley Ellington was charged in a superseding indictment with accepting bribes in return for protection of loads of Ecstasy, aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy, and carrying and possessing a firearm during and in relation to the drug trafficking offenses charged. Ellington's wife, Katrise Tania Ellington, was also charged in one count of the superseding indictment.
Oregon Armored Car Driver, Wife, and Son Indicted in Connection with $3 Million Theft
Former armored car driver Archie Cabello, together with his wife, Marian Cabello, and their son, Vincent Cabello, all of Portland, Oregon, were charged with conspiracy to steal and possess bank money, false statements in credit card applications, filing a false tax return, and money laundering in connection with staging robberies of bank money from armored car companies, which were designed to make it look like other persons had stolen the money, when in fact the Cabellos took it.
Shapiro Family to Forfeit $625 Million for Victims of Madoff Ponzi Scheme
Carl J. Shapiro and various related people and entities have agreed to forfeit $625 million to the United States, all of which will be made available to the victims of the fraudulent investment advisory business which was owned and operated by Bernard L. Madoff.
Washington Man Charged with Attempting to Ship Sensitive Military Technology to China
Lian Yang, of Woodinville, Washington, was charged in connection with an attempt to ship sensitive military technology to the People's Republic of China. Yang attempted to purchase and export 300 radiation-hardened, programmable semiconductor devices that are used in satellites. He was arrested in an FBI sting operation after attempting to smuggle the parts out of the U.S.
Former New York State Senator Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice, Tax Charges
Vincent L. Leibell, III a former New York state senator and the Putnam County executive-elect, pled guilty to obstructing a federal grand jury that was investigating whether he had extorted cash payments from lawyers working in Putnam County and to failing to report on his income tax returns tens of thousands of dollars in cash payments he had received from those lawyers.
U.K. Citizen Guilty in Foreign Bribery Conspiracy Involving $6 Billion Contracts
Wojciech J. Chodan, a former commercial vice president and consultant to a United Kingdom subsidiary of Kellogg, Brown & Root Inc. (KBR), pled guilty in Houston, Texas to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for his participation in a decade-long scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts. The EPC contracts to build liquefied natural gas facilities on Bonny Island, Nigeria, were valued at more than $6 billion.